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Boulevard Review

Boulevard: Robin Williams’ final performance (Review)

"Are you happy?"It's like a sucker punch. And the chills come fast. When Robin Williams's character Nolan Mack, a quiet and reliable banker, is asked that question by his boss, the sadness is multi-layered, the emptiness very real.Boulevard is one of Robin William's last big screen performances. Others include...
Frances McDormand - Fargo

Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand to perform at Berkeley Rep

Frances McDormand, Kathleen Chalfant, and Steven Epp scheduled to star next season at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Live from New York!

‘Live from New York!’ an entertaining, revealing look at the comedy institution known as SNL

New documentary re-visits 40 years of Saturday Night Live's influence and impact on comedy, and American culture.
Bay Area Book Festival

Starting up in Berkeley: Inaugural Bay Area Book Festival

Dr. Bonyfide (Jin An Wong) sagely pronounced “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” as he showed Know Yourself PBC's latest offerings, while Kim Stinson Serrano helped a young visitor spin a gaming wheel and affix a scapula (shoulder bone) in place.

Rising Water, Rising Fast: Head of Passes

A different way to wrap your mind around Head of Passes is to think of it as a variant of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking – re-morphed culturally for the bayou and performed by a cast with killer acting chops.

Stark Weekend: Montalvo, Magic Flute, Head of Passes, Let there Be Love

Stark Insider round-up of things to do in and around San Francisco.

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Tartuffe’ smart fun with no morning-after regrets (Review)

If you’ve been petutzed by the DC clowns, so devoid of the Christian virtues they claim to profess, Tartuffe will have a salutary effect on your blood pressure - at least temporarily.

Stark Insider Weekend: Yountville Live Concert, Tartuffe, Stupid F##king Bird, Breaking the Code

Yountville Live, Tartuffe at Berkeley Rep, Stupid F##king Bird at San Francisco Playhouse, plus more events and things to do in and around San Francisco.

Feisty Old Jew: Charlie Varon at the Berkeley Marsh (Review)

Varon’s gift is that he wraps it up in a bow and delivers it to you. That he puts a San Francisco patina on the old country (aka NYC) is one more balm for us displaced right coasters.

We are Family… NOT! ‘The Lyons’ at the Aurora (Review)

Above all, you wonder 'Who are these two to each other?' Is this really the time to be arguing about redoing the living room? You never question why your attention is fixed like a laser on these really disagreeable people.